Police were called after shots rang out Wednesday on Augusta’s Sixth Street, but it wasn’t a crime scene.
It was instead a scene being shot for a new Bollywood movie, Detroit Crossing.The police turned up due to a misunderstanding – they were already on hand – because guns were being used, propmaster Steve Cheeks said.
The crew will spend another 22 days in Augusta filming and includes local film workers, such as Cheeks, an Augusta native, and others from around the globe, he said.
Line producer Priya Chokshi said the crew was filming in Atlanta but after coming to Augusta decided to move the rest of production here.
“We came here and met with Brad (Owens) of the Augusta Film Office and decided to move here,” Chokshi said.
On Wednesday the crew filmed outside a former Sixth Street hardware store between Hildebrandt’s deli and Vegas Showgirls.
The Internet Movie Database says Detroit Crossing is directed by Nirmal Sahadev and tells the story of a large immigrant community in Detroit, including Tamil gangs, street gang members from India and Sri Lanka.
Cheeks said Augusta will be used for street scenes while the crew will return to Detroit for exterior shots.
Augusta filmmaker Pierre Luke said he was thrilled to be a part of the crew. “Hopefully they’ll bring many, many more movies here,” Luke said.
The city’s share of Georgia’s growing film industry is aided by state tax credits implemented in 2008 that give production companies a 30 percent break to film in the state. Georgia is now third in the nation for film and television production.
Augusta had struggled to gain a foothold until the Augusta Film Office and Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau joined forces to connect locations and local talent with film producers.
Recent productions in Augusta have included Encounter, a sci-fi drama, and the romance thriller Hollywood Dirt, both filmed here this spring.
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